What you need to know: Feb. 17

U.S. passengers who evacuated off the quarantined cruise ship the Diamond Princess and officials wait for the takeoff of a Kalitta Air airplane bound for the U.S., at Haneda airport in Tokyo. (Cheryl and Paul Molesky via AP)

Good morning, North State! Here's what you need to know to start your day on Feb. 17.

Posted: Feb 17, 2020 8:46 AM

Redding police arrest 2 wanted felons

A police stand-off came to an end with two people taken into custody after officers launched pepper spray into the home. It happened in Redding at a home on Peterson Lane. Police said they arrested Derrick Steele and Kaula Reed on warrants. Steele first tried to run, but then went inside the home and refused commands to come out. Police said they eventually forced the door open and made arrested both men.

Chico house party results in shooting

A house party shooting sent one person to the hospital and this morning, police investigators are working to figure out what happened. It happened near West Second Avenue and Warner Street in Chico, just after midnight Saturday. A 20-year-old man arrived at the Enloe Medical Center suffering from a gunshot wound. He is expected to be okay.

6-year-old girl attacked by a mountain lion saved by adult who punched it in the ribs

Park rangers at an open space preserve in Santa Clara County say a mountain lion attacked a 6-year-old girl on Sunday. And adults punched the cat in the ribs and made loud noises, enough to scare the animal off. The girl suffered puncture wounds on her leg, she is expected to be okay. The park is now closed while rangers search for the cat.

Pearl River's third-highest crest on record causes flooding in Jackson, Mississippi

People in Mississippi are bracing for more flooding with more rain anticipated across the state, and the already rain-swollen Pearl River is expected to crest today. The governor issued a state of emergency Saturday. The National Guard and Highway Patrol are on standby. Rescue teams are on the ground helping families and their pets out of homes.

2 people are dead after getting trapped under an avalanche they accidentally triggered

Two people are dead after their snowmobiles triggered an avalanche. Deputies said the avalanche buried three snowmobilers under the snow. One man was able to free himself and go for help. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center said the conditions for an avalanche were rated as considerable risk. This means cautious route-finding and conservative decision making is essential.

US agency to pay for 11,000 miles of fuel breaks in 6 states

The Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires. The BIM said wildfires are getting bigger and more frequent across the western states. Between 2009 and 2018, more than 13.5 million acres of BIM acreage burned. 

Trading quarantines, Americans from cruise land in US

One of two charters flights carrying more than 300 Americans cruise ship passengers from Japan landed at Travis Air Force base just before midnight. They were allowed to leave that ship where they have been quarantined for almost two weeks due to an outbreak of the coronavirus. Those evacuees will now remain in quarantine at the military bases for another two weeks.

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A pair of winter storms will bring rain and snow back to your forecast this weekend. Major travel impacts are expected in some mountain areas.
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